The impact of working out on the health of your loved one cannot be understated. Physical exercises help to keep your loved one’s heart healthy and also help to lower blood pressure. Working out is also great for mental health as it helps to lower stress levels. While most people associate working out with the outdoors, the truth is that there are effective indoor workouts that are fairly simple to perform. Indoor workouts can help loved ones who are struggling with mobility or those who live in areas where they need to self-isolate indoors. In this article, we give you some great examples of indoor workouts.
Stretching your limbs and body is a great way to keep muscles active and to ensure that you do not get cramps. Stretches are particularly good for people who are used to long hours of sitting down. For effective stretches, sit on a chair and then slowly lift your leg up until it is no longer in contact with the chair. Hold the position for a while and then slowly bring it back down again. Repeat with the leg. As you progress with this simple workout, you should be able to hold your leg in the air for longer periods of time.
Upper Body Workout
When it comes to the upper body workout, there are some simple exercises that you can do. The most effective one involves sitting on a chair that has no side armrests. Place your feet firmly on the ground with your lower body firmly placed on the chair. Without moving your lower body, twist your upper body to the left as far as it will go. Your legs and feet must remain firmly in place. turn as far as you can on one side and then repeat the process on the other side. After a while, you should try to hold your body in position for a few seconds while twisted on one side or the other.
For this workout, you will need a wall or a kitchen counter. Stand next to the wall or counter with one foot placed directly in front of the other so that the toes of the back foot are in contact with the heel of the forefoot. using the counter or walk as balance, try to move alongside the wall by putting one leg in front of the other. Carefully move slowly until you get to one end of the wall. If possible, try walking in the same way but in the opposite direction. If your loved one is struggling with balance, you might want to supervise them as they do this workout. You may also walk next to them and support them to prevent any falls.
One Leg Stand
This is a variant of the previous workout that also helps with balance problems. Here, hold a chair in front of your loved one with the back of the chair facing him or her. You can alternatively use a very heavy chair that is unlikely to slide. Get your loved one to hold the back of the seat and using it as support, gently raise one leg so that they are standing on one leg. Repeat the workout with the other foot and try to hold the foot in the air for as long as possible.